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Pupils enjoy Thames View Junior, Ofsted reports

Date: 17/04/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Thames View Junior School is a satisfactory school with some good features, according to its latest Ofsted report, which praised the school’s good pastoral care of its pupils. They and most parents are pleased with the school, the report states. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Bloors Lane, Rainham, between 10.40am and 12.10pm on Tuesday 22 April to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 237 pupils aged seven to eleven years old. The school is described as having come through a period of change and that there is now a commitment at all levels to improve standards. There is a greater focus on identifying and addressing underachievement in maths, for example, supported by a new tracking system. Pupils really enjoy coming to school and have no concerns about their safety when there, the report states, and this is reflected in good attendance levels. They behave well, listen avidly in lessons and work productively on their tasks. Inspectors found that standards are improving because of a greater focus on specific areas of learning such as pupils being more independent and thinking about how well they have done. Head teacher Linda Lowrey has been in post for several years, but the rest of the senior management team is relatively new, according to the report. Some initiatives are already starting to result in raised standards. Ms Lowrey said: “As the report acknowledges, we've coped well with our recent changes and are succeeding in raising standards, especially in maths. “Pupils enjoy coming here, gain a lot of confidence and feel safe, which are very important aspects of school life that Ofsted has recognised. I'm confident that the school is going from strength to strength as we're all determined to achieve the very best we can for our pupils." Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Thames View is progressing very well and has many positive aspects that this report highlights. This report is well deserved and rightly acknowledges the hard work and commitment of all staff.” Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: "I’m pleased that Ofsted recognises how much children enjoy going to Thames View Juniors and the rich variety of opportunities there are in the school to learn and achieve.”